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Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1969-12-13

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Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1969-12-13

Topics Live concert

Casey Jones, Hard To Handle, Black Peter, Mama Tried-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, High Time, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin'-> Cumberland Blues, Saint Stephen-> Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Swing Auditorium
Location San Bernardino, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage 7" Master Soundboard Reels > Cassette > DAT > CDR
Taped by
Transferred by Scott Clugston


7" Master Soundboard Reels > Cassette > DAT > CDR; CD Mastering, EAC'ed / SHN'ed by Scott Clugston


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2015
Subject: -
Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2013
Subject: SUPERB CHINA CAT JAM !!!!!!!!!!! tops
69, dont miss it !
the JAM in china rider is for the BOOKS !!!
@ 420 the vista cruzer flies into Rider with a monumental JAMM!!! the Lightnin Bolt in a bottle !!!
the kind of stuff that makes the Dead Critical to Humanity, black peter is tops also, the cumberland in the 2nd set is very different, high time is sublime, gracious, great Bass lines in all esp china cat, esp the way it was recorded.
Reviewer: parabuilding - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2013
Subject: +
Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2012
Subject: Taking it light on the Cali coast
It was a busy week, what with Altamont, Black Queen down in L.A. and writing NSB for the premiere at Fillmore the following week. Warming up in that California sun, before heading east to SMU & Hollywood FL, then up to Beantown to end the year/decade ! Lightning pace, furious !!

I love to read the Archives comments, because I never knew Bobby announced at more than one show that month Bill the drummer was late, and they had to play acoustic.[my fav. SMU 12/69 Masters Bouquet] So they gave the impression that they were almost 'forced' to play unplugged, eh? Hmmm, coincidence? I liken it to the exact opposite of Dylan's famous going electric reaction. Some Dead purists at the time may not have welcomed an all acoustic set, so it's a great way to float the idea. Brilliant ! :)

Some others have called this show 'as lackluster as San Bernadino'. I disagree, but do give this 4 stars for not being the complete '69 Swing show {appears a drop in Peter, incomplete setlist, etc.} In 1969 the boys were playing some 3 hour marathons, hard to get it all on tape, so I forgive them ;) Other than that, sweet harmonies in Mama, a big bouncy China/Rider, nice High Time, jammy Lovin', warm fuzzy Stephen, and furious Lovelight !!

Creative, light and brilliant ! 4****

Thank you to everyone involved, and BIG thanks to Archive as always for preserving!! Could you imagine in 1969 telling someone that one day on their tv they could search any date imaginable, and listen, for free ?

"I think Bobby busted something. Got his fingers on the knobs, and his mind in a bucket"
Reviewer: joach55 - - September 11, 2012
Subject: view from a pre-deadhead
This was from the end of the period, 67-70 that I cared about the boys. It proves that, once upon a time, they could play like a band, with some energy, and confirms my opinion that when Pigpen died an essential element was lost. I'm not rating because I'm not up on other recordings to compare. Just offering my 2 cents.
Reviewer: n2thelite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2012
Subject: *****
GD 0*8^)~
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2011
Subject: Good Sound
A clear Grateful Dead show from 1969. What's not to like? 3 stars for length only. Good banter!
Peace, Bob
Reviewer: soullag - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2010
Subject: swing auditorium
walked out of this show feelin' really good only to find someones had fed randy lawrence dog in the back of my volkswagen bus while stealing my tape player. this is a great recording from a great time.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 18, 2010
Subject: Black Pet
Live Workingman's and AoxomoxoA? What could be wrong with that? Two things: the show is too short, and Black Peter is cut. What is here of the Black Peter is fabulous. Four stars.
Reviewer: delward - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2010
Subject: 11 songs?
whole show was 11 songs? that doesnt seem right unless it was a multi band concert.
69 stuff is fantastic
Reviewer: NRPS - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2008
Subject: Hot Lovelight!
Jerry's guitar really smokes on Lovelight!
A Great Show!
Reviewer: DersuUzala - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2007
Subject: Smoking Show
This is a most enjoyable show. Pig Pen's rave in Lovelight has got some extra sauce. Don't let the low average deter you from listening.
Reviewer: Little Nemo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2006
Subject: Don't believe it
Some reviewers, including the Compendium, would have you believe this show is lame. Not true. Though it isn't mindblowing by any means, it is IMO the best Black Peter and Cumberland Blues up to this date in '69. That, combined with good sound quality, make it an eminently listenable show.
Reviewer: A Dude - favoritefavorite - October 28, 2005
Subject: As boring as San Bernadino
Out of all the places in California, it's hard to find one more lackluster than San Bernadino, and this show seems to reflect that.

One of the lesser efforts of 1969.
Reviewer: Muddy69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2005
Subject: Good sound
Reviewer: CFD6149 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2005
Subject: wow
I must have just listened to a different show. The show that I heard, in spite of some screw ups, was a smokin' good time. I had to read the compendium review and was shocked, they said it sucked. I had a thousand hours of dead on tape, and now have over a thousand cd's, and in my opinion, this show rocked as hard as any from the era. I think that the five star thing is way overused so i'm gonna give it a four, and another listen. Maybe i'm just in a good mood, but give this a listen, what could it hurt?
Reviewer: bonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2005
Subject: this is not sloppy
This is a hidden gem.Really!Since when has the greatful Dead been"tight and polished"Thats the beauty of this band.I was very surprised by the sound quality.I saw it was givin 2 for "sloppy playing."Had to see for myself.Its a 4 star.Nice quality and a very nice black Peter
Reviewer: Whitelynx - favoritefavorite - January 16, 2005
Subject: sloppy!
Some amazingly sloppy playing by pretty much everybody. What a change from the night before!
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